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«FYI. I’ve sent a form acknowledgment. Anne From: Chief David Flannery [mailto:Chief Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:34 PM To: ...»

From: Updates, DCR (DCR)

To: Plocinski, Loni (DCR); Rowcroft, Jessica (DCR)

Cc: Orfant, Joe (DCR); Hamilton, Susan F. (DCR); Garcia, Kathryn (DCR); Silva, Raul (DCR); Celino, David (DCR)

Subject: FW: Lowell/Great Brook Planning

Date: Monday, August 04, 2014 9:47:05 AM

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FYI. I’ve sent a form acknowledgment.


From: Chief David Flannery [mailto:Chief@carlislefdma.org] Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:34 PM To: Updates, DCR (DCR) Subject: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Please accept the attached letter sent to Mr. O’Halloran in 2003 regarding input for the Great Brook State Park. We are sending this in response to the extension of the public comment period.

Thank you.

Chief David R. Flannery Carlisle Fire Department 80 Westford Street P.O. Box 575 Carlisle, MA 01741-0575 Dispatch (24/7) 978-369-1442 Office 978-369-2888 Fax 978-287-4934 Chief@carlislefdma.org July 8, 2003 Mr. Joseph Halloran, Regional Engineer Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management 871 Lowell Road Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741 RE: Great Brook Farm State Park Duck Pond Project / Fire Protection Requirements

Dear Mr. Halloran:

This is to follow-up on our telephone conversation yesterday afternoon. As I said I met with Ray Faucher at the site on Thursday, July 3rd. This was in conjunction with the final inspection and approval by the fire department of the new comfort station constructed at the park on North Road.

The work done to protect and improve the area around the duck pond and the construction of the new facilities greatly enhances the park. DEM and your office are to be commended. This area is certainly one of Carlisle’s “jewels “. Unfortunately however I was not part of review process during the original design work. Therefore adequate access to the fire protection facilities (pond water) by the Carlisle Fire Department was not included. This needs to be addressed as the duck pond is the only water source available to protect not only the new comfort station but also the homes on Old North Road, the farm house, garage, barns and other outbuildings on the State Park and Great Brook Farm property. I might note that the fire department has accessed the pond over the past thirty for fires in the area. The duck pond has been our only water source in that area even prior to the State acquiring the land.

In the interests of fire protection I am making the following recommendations;

1. The pond needs to be dredged to increase its capacity for firefighting and allow for the renovation or replacement of the fire department drafting pipe on the North side of the pond. This would also improve the drafting point adjacent to North Road on the South side of thepond.

July 8, 2003 Mr. Joseph Halloran, Regional Engineer Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management 871 Lowell Road Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741

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I would also like to see all structures in the state park be given street numbers which would identify their location in an emergency. This would greatly improve on our ability to find the location in an emergency. We have had this problem for many years at the park. We can assist you with this at the appropriate time.

I look forward to working with you and the officials at DEM in an effort to insure adequate fire protection for all facilities at Great Brook while maintaining your goals and objectives. Perhaps we could set up a meeting at the appropriate time to discuss our options and develop a plan.

With every best wish for a safe and productive summer, Sincerely yours, David R. Flannery Chief of the Fire Department

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-----Original Message----From: Stuart Johnstone [mailto:stu@greatbrookski.com] Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 11:11 AM To: Updates, DCR (DCR) Subject: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit RMP Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on the Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit Draft Resource Management Plan.

As the concessionaire for the ski touring center at Great Brook Farm State Park, I suggest the following


1. I believe that the ski concession's first season was 1977-78, not 1983-84 as stated on pages 66, 73, and 87. The concession has been operated by the same family since 1982.

2. The ski touring center currently grooms 10.5 miles of trails for cross country skiing. The Draft Plan reports this distance as "over 8 miles..." on p. 82 and as "8.3 miles..." on p. 85.

3. The Plan suggests on p. 82 that, especially since 2010, hikers are effectively kept off the ski trails so as to preserve snow conditions for skiing. To both the skiing public and the trail grooming staff, no perceptible progress has been made on this issue and it persists as a significant detriment to the quality of the program.

Sincerely, Stuart Johnstone From: Updates, DCR (DCR) To: Plocinski, Loni (DCR); Rowcroft, Jessica (DCR); Orfant, Joe (DCR) Subject: FW: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:58:04 PM From: Tom Brownrigg [mailto:brownriggs@comcast.net] Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 2:23 PM To: Updates, DCR (DCR) Cc: Cavanagh, Paul (DCR) Subject: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit I thought the management plan information on natural resources and the appendices on birds and other wildlife were well written. I have a few comments regarding the bird lists.


Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit Management Plan

1. Appendix J. Bibliography In some of references, you use the term “Massbird Google Group”, although it is not a Google group. The following was taken from Massbird.org website. I believe that the proper term is “Massbird Listserve”. The following is from the Massbird.org website.

A Note from the Webmaster The Massbird email list is not associated with Massbird.Org. For additional information on the Massbird email list write to the moderator.

Massbird Charter MASSBIRD is a mailing list dedicated to the interchange of wild bird and birding information relevant to Massachusetts and New England. The list is owned and moderated by Barbara Volkle. This list is intended for the discussion of local issues - such as birding locations, local conditions, reports of local rarities and unusual sightings, pelagic trip reports, legislative alerts, events and speakers in the area, and calls for volunteers in research and census activities. Hopefully, novice birdwatchers, visitors to our area, and our local experts alike, will share their questions and knowledge through this mailing list.

Together we have made MASSBIRD a useful forum, sharing information on a real time basis.

Brownrigg, T. 2008. Shrike, Carlisle. Posting on Massbird Google Group. November 6, 2008.

Brownrigg, T. and D’A Brownrigg. 2010. Canada warblers (and mixed nuts), Carlisle.

Posting on Massbird Google Group. August 18, 2010.

Gaudet, A. 2010a. Great horned owl, regular merlin in L-D-T State Forest. Posting on Massbird Google Group. January 13, 2010.

Gaudet, A. 2010b. Northern goshawk in L-D-T. Posting on Massbird Google Group.

November 13, 2010.

Gaudet, A. 2011. Red-shouldered hawks at L-D-T State Forest. Posting on Massbird Google Group. February 22, 2011.

2. On August 17, 2014 my wife D’Ann & I saw an American Bittern at Great Brook Farm State Park, a bird we had not seen there previously (and only our second record for Carlisle).

If it is not too late to do so, please add it to your list in Appendix G.

3. I have a short list of species (16) for Carlisle Pines State Forest. We don’t bird there very often but I could send the list if you are interested.

J. Thomas Brownrigg From: Updates, DCR (DCR) To: Plocinski, Loni (DCR); Orfant, Joe (DCR); Rowcroft, Jessica (DCR) Subject: FW: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:56:26 PM From: Tom Moran [mailto:TMoran@sierraops.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:59 PM To: Updates, DCR (DCR) Subject: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit

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Via 1st Class Mail & Email DCR.Updates@state.ma.us – re: Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit RMP Department of Conservation and Recreation Office of Public Outreach 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600 Boston, MA 02114 Re: Great Brook Farm State Park RMP – Old North Bridge Hounds Comments Dear Commissioner Murray, Deputy Commissioner Whalen, DCR staff and other plan


Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit and particularly as it relates to Great Brook Farm State Park (Great Brook Farm). I write on behalf of Old North Bridge Hounds (ONBH), which currently leases the Hounds House, also referred to as Woods House, in Great Brook Farm. ONBH wishes to bring to your attention some corrections to information contained in the draft RMP with respect to our organization, to confirm our interest in continuing our relationship with the park, and to offer our continued services with respect to maintaining not only the facility we lease, but also the equestrian jumps within the park.

The Old North Bridge Hounds is an all-volunteer, non-profit, educational and sporting organization which perpetuates the tradition of riding horses with hounds in New England.

Our hunt traces its roots back to the 1880’s when its predecessor hunt, the Millwood Hunt, was founded and ONBH has continued the tradition for the past forty four years. Our activities include mounted riding with foxhounds, maintaining the breeding and training of working foxhounds, clearing and maintaining trails and open space, organizing and hosting riding and educational events, and educating young people and the public about foxhounds and the tradition of foxhunting.

ONBH maintains a kennel of working foxhounds and holds regularly scheduled mounted fox hunts in different venues in the central and northern areas of Middlesex County. We are a drag hunt, which means we do not hunt live foxes or other animals, rather our foxhounds and horses and riders follow an artificial scent laid by humans; neither our riders nor our hounds seek to injure any wildlife. Our mounted foxhunts and events are open to the public and we regularly have spectators come out to watch our hunts and other events. We support our activities with dues from members and from other fundraising activities including, horseback riding events and educational clinics we organize at various venues, including some at Great Brook Farm.

The Hounds House property on North Rd. in Carlisle at Great Brook Farm is ONBH’s base of operations. It is the kennels where our foxhounds live; it is where we hold our meetings and certain of our other events and also provides housing for the caretakers of our hounds.

The RMP mistakenly describes ONBH as a commercial operation that boards hounds. As you can see from the description above, we are not a commercial operation, nor do we board any animals other than our own and we trust you will make a correction in this regard to the final document.

ONBH has occupied the Hound House property for over twenty years and wishes to continue our relationship with DCR and Great Brook Farm. We have maintained the Hounds House and its property by providing both routine maintenance and capital improvements throughout the terms of our leases and look forward to continuing to do so under our next lease for the property. In addition we built the equestrian jumps in the park for use by the public and have maintained them through the years. We offer once again to continue our ongoing maintenance of the equestrian jumps as well.

ONBH looks forward to continuing its partnership with Great Brook Farm both by continuing the tradition of kenneling working foxhounds at the Hounds House property and by maintaining the jumps within Great Brook Farm. If we can provide any further information or assistance to you as you proceed to finalize the RMP please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

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From: Agiorgitis, Rachel [mailto:ragiorgitis@lowellma.gov] Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 1:08 PM To: Updates, DCR (DCR) Subject: Lowell/Great Brook RMP Thank you for the opportunity to review the draft of the “Lowell/Great Brook Planning Unit Resource Management Plan (RMP)”. We appreciate the thorough and careful review that has been provided on the resources located within the City of Lowell.

The City of Lowell’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) works closely with the Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) and strongly supports their submitted comments on the draft RMP.

In addition, DPD would like to submit the following:

DPD would like to see planting and other improvements made to the Victorian Garden, in addition to the repair of the steel fence and granite posts. The Victorian Garden is a highly visible and important landmark in the City and should be maintained and improved on a regular basis. In doing so, the original landscape planting plan should be followed.

The Mack Plaza is also in need of improvements, such as new benches.

DPD supports improvements made to Lord Pool, especially the addition of shade trees and structures.

Items that are identified as “to be worked out with the City” will require future meetings and coordination with the City of Lowell’s Parks Department, DPW, etc.

Thank youRachel K. Agiorgitis | Chief Design Planner City of Lowell Department of Planning and Development 50 Arcand Drive | Lowell, MA 01852 t: 978.674.4252 | f: 978.446.7014 LOWELL Alive. Unique. Inspiring.

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